Here at the Gillespie Group we have decided to see what our previous interns are doing these days. We want to know how interning with us has helped them on their career path. Today we caught up with Patrick Cleary. 

Name: Patrick Cleary

School: La Salle University, Class of 2003

Internship Date: Fall 2003

Describe Gillespie Group in one word: Dynamic

Where are you working now?

University of Maryland/Sheppard Enoch Pratt Psychiatric Residency

What made you switch to a new field?

I had tried things like web design, full service agency (GG) and media buying (Harmelin), and did not have a passion.  I always loved talking with people and wanted to serve an underserved population (Mental Health)

What is your favorite memory of GG?

Bear Affair and Law& Order Lunches

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their first internship?

Go in with a goal of what you want to learn/take away, and ask to be assigned a project that the company will utilize and you can show you did at the end of the time there

What was the most helpful or important thing you learned at GG?

I learned a lot about market analysis and buying.  I also learned a lot about organizing a fundraiser.

How has your experience at Gillespie helped you later in life?

It introduced me to the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, one of the catalysts that inspired me to work in child psych